Calling all chocolate and peanut butter lovers! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and if you are anything like me you are already looking for a healthier recipe to indulge with. I have the perfect recipe for you that contains only natural ingredients (that you can actually pronounce) and that is also made with some amazing super foods. The best part is you can make this the day before.
I just adore anything with chocolate and I also love making something sweet for my loved ones. Can you relate too? A tip I live by is that you can absolutely eat the foods you love on a day like Valentine’s Day but you just need to be on the lookout for healthier recipes. So why not pack in some super foods while you are at it.
You are going to love this healthier take on a chocolate pudding. This is a very chocolatey chia seed pudding with lots of layers. For those new to “chia seed pudding” some find the texture a bit slimy at first. That is why I absolutely love topping this with granola for a crunch and coconut flakes to make it elegant. Make sure you use a healthy granola which is lower in sugar and also gluten free. Also look out for unsweetened coconut flakes over sweetened. The toppings are the key to this recipe and you can also add in anything else like fresh fruit.
What you get is a creamy pudding packed with loads of fiber and omega – 3 fatty acids (ALA) from the chia seeds. Even more is the cacao nibs are also a superfood loaded with magnesium, flavanols and antioxidants. It is optional but you can also add a whipped topping at the end for the one you love.
This is also kid friendly and great for anyone who is gluten free. Enjoy.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
2 ¼ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk, or coconut milk
½ cup chocolate chips, melted
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbs of raw honey
pinch of salt
dash of cinnamon
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
¼ cup organic chia seeds
3 tbs of cacao nibs
¼ cup peanut butter granola (divided)
¼ cup raw unsweetened coconut flakes (divided)
Cook the milk, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, honey, a pinch of salt and a dash of cinnamon in a sauce pan over low heat. Make sure to not burn the mixture. Whisk constantly until chocolate melts and everything is dissolved together.
Stir in chia seeds, cacoa nibs and vanilla. Let cool and stir occasionally.
It is best to refrigerate for about 6 hours or overnight.
When ready to serve place the pudding in 4 ramekins. Then top with granola and coconut flakes. You can add a whipped topping to be extra fancy too. Enjoy!